MTV Unplugged will go down in music history as one of the best live performance shows of its generation. Over the course of its run, there were so many incredible performances from a myriad of musical acts. The high point of the shows run was definitely between 1991-1997, which included sets from 10,000 Maniacs, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stone Temple Pilots, Eric Clapton, and one of Alice In Chains‘ final performances as a band.One of the most memorable airings of Unplugged series, without a doubt, was when Kurt Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates took to the stage on November 18th, 1993 to record a performance for the ages, which aired just one month later on December 16th. The days leading up to the performance didn’t go without their fair share of issues, with Cobain being beyond tense and nervous to perform a completely acoustic show (he demanded the use of effects pedals), as well arguing with MTV personnel as to the overall direction of the show and the band’s choice on having members of the Meat Puppets join them on stage.Despite the issues, and Cobain’s clearly fragile state of mind during that time period (remember, this was roughly six months before his untimely death), the one-take, no frills performance was one of the most stripped down performances in the history of Unplugged, while also being one of its most impressive airings as well. The group opened up with “About A Girl”, the only number performed from the band’s 1989 debut album Bleach and chose a setlist that strayed from their more commercial hits, outside of “Come As You Are” from 1991’s Nevermind.Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl were joined by guest including future Foo Fighter Pat Smear (acoustic guitar), Lori Goldston (cello), and both Chris and Kirk Curtwood of The Meat Puppets on acoustic bass and guitar, respectively; the latter of which performed three of their own tracks, including “Plateau,” “Oh, Me,” and “Lake Of Fire.”The rest of the performance includes a gritty, yet beautiful take on David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold The World,” and the originals “Polly,” “Dumb,” and “All Apologies,” among others. Take a listen to the full airing below:Setlist: Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged SpecialAbout a GirlCome as You AreJesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie)Pennyroyal TeaDumbPollyOn a PlainSomething in the WayPlateau (Curt Kirkwood)Oh, Me (Kirkwood)Lake of Fire (Kirkwood)All ApologiesWhere Did You Sleep Last Night (Traditional; arranged by Lead Belly)
‘‘Karina’‘ is a 16-year-old gang member who learned to play the violin, and now she is part of a string orchestra that includes 30 girls from two rival gangs that subjected the country to violence and set its crime rates among the highest in the world. ‘‘The most difficult part was to know that we were going to be near the other gang. It was difficult to sit by their side. But once we started to learn how to play the instruments, we focused on that in order to move the orchestra forward,” the young lady confirmed to AFP, under the fictitious name of ‘‘Karina’‘. The Female Orchestra of the Salvadoran Institute for Childhood and Adolescence (ISNA), created for young girls (between the ages of 14 and 17) that were members of the “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13) and “Barrio 18” gangs, was featured with the National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that took place on the evening of September 20. The orchestra is sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS) as part of the truce agreed between the maras (gangs). An enterprise foundation theater, located in the west of San Salvador, was the setting where the ladies debuted as musicians, playing violins, violoncellos, and violas to interpret four pieces with the philharmonic: ‘‘Cuerdas al Aire’‘, ‘‘Canción del Folclor Francés’‘, ‘‘Brilla, Brilla Estrellita’‘, and ‘‘Cumbia’‘. The orchestra is part of a pilot project organized by the Inter-American Commission for Drug Abuse Control (CICAD), and the OAS’ Department of Education and Culture, along with Colombia’s Batuta Foundation. According to official figures, Salvadoran prisons hold over 10,000 gang members, while about 50,000 are free in local districts and streets. By Dialogo September 25, 2012
Chelsea failed to open their defence of the Champions League with victory as Juventus staged a stirring comeback to earn a draw at Stamford Bridge.Brazilian summer signing Oscar was Chelsea’s inspiration with two swift first-half goals on his full debut – the second a spectacular long-range effort that left Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon helpless.But the Italian champions, unbeaten domestically in 42 Serie A matches, demonstrated their pedigree and strength to mount a recovery and earn a point.Arturo Vidal’s goal put them back in contention before half-time and substitute Fabio Quagliarella ensured the points were shared with an equaliser nine minutes from time.Oscar took the honours for Chelsea with a performance of rich promise on his first start since his £25m switch from Internacional. And the highlight of this opening Champions League group game was the moment the 21-year-old won the hearts of Stamford Bridge with his magnificent second goal.But even with the lead Oscar gave them, Chelsea were never able to exert complete control and it was no surprise when Juventus eventually drew level via Quagliarella’s cool late finish. Before Oscar transformed the complexion of this game, Juventus had created the two best openings of the half. Chelsea keeper Petr Cech saved at the feet of Claudio Marchisio after he beat the offside trap and Mirko Vucinic shot wastefully wide from the angle after he was played in by Vidal.Oscar had been on the margins of the action early on – but made himself an instant hero with the Stamford Bridge crowd.He gave Chelsea the lead with a 20-yard shot that took a crucial touch off Leonardo Bonucci to take it away from the grasp of Buffon.It was a strike that carried a hint of good fortune but the second was a testimony to his touch and technique as he turned from 25 yards before curling the most precise of right-foot finishes high beyond the stretching Buffon.Juventus deserved something for their first-half efforts and they were rewarded seven minutes before half-time as Vidal’s low shot crept past Cech into the bottom corner. Italy keeper Buffon illustrated his enduring quality in the opening moments of the second half as he dived low to his right to turn away Branislav Ivanovic’s shot, then showed good reflexes to divert Frank Lampard’s free-kick to safety.Oscar had been less influential after the break and shortly after being felled by Bonucci he was replaced by Juan Mata to a resounding ovation from Chelsea’s supporters.Mata soon had a glorious chance to ensure victory as his one-two with Eden Hazard carved the visitors apart, but he fired into the side netting.It was to prove costly as Juventus continued to play with ambition in search of at least a point and they were level with nine minutes left. Jon Mikel Obi lost possession and Marchisio’s pass allowed Quagliarella to escape John Terry’s attentions and slide a finish under Cech.He almost made the turnaround complete with an effort from the edge of the area that clipped the top of the bar with Cech beaten, but Chelsea survived and claimed a point.